Most likely, many of you have heard aboutthe existence of a disease such as Alzheimer's disease. This syndrome is a very insidious disease, in which the mental abilities of the personality are reduced, and the personality itself gradually loses memory and its own identity. Scientists believe that the development of the disease contributes to a genetic predisposition, however, according to the latest research, depression can also affect the development of dementia.
Is there a connection between the development of dementia and depression?
To understand if there is a connection between depression anddementia, researchers for several years conducted clinical studies aimed at studying the behavior of patients with Alzheimer's syndrome. Although the fact of depression in patients seems obvious, there is evidence that depression may not be the consequence, but the cause of the development of the disease.
New study by researchersThe Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital showed that increased levels of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain are considered the primary pathological characteristic of Alzheimer's disease and can be directly associated with the manifesting symptoms of depression. In addition, mild depression may be one of the first clinical signs of a neurodegenerative disease.
Is it possible to prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease?
The study showed that depressivethe disorder increases the risk of vascular abnormalities inside the brain or on its surface. The result of such mutations can be not only Alzheimer's disease, but also the occurrence of a stroke.
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Scientists believe that timely treatmentDepression can help fight the onset of dementia. Due to the fact that the initial symptoms of both depression and dementia are very similar to each other, with the threat of further development of Alzheimer's disease, scientists recommend that all efforts be devoted to the fight against depressive disorder.